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During Holy Week, ‘we slow up but nothing else does’

By Jo Ellen Dale

So  much has been going on this Holy Week that it is hard to keep up. As Pat Macey said to me this morning, “We slow up but nothing else does”.
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Kiwanis met on Tuesday, April 3 at the 19th Hole restaurant. Attending as the guest of Bob Bond was 911 Director Nathan Preston, who is a prospective member. It was announced that proceeds from the recent chili dinner were the best ever.  The club wishes to thank everyone for their support.
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Jan and Janie Jackson are happy to have Judy Blair as their guest. Janie is especially glad to see Aunt Judy.  And speaking of Janie, I wish to pay tribute to this young lady who has touched so many lives and been such an inspiration to us all.
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Another visitor this Easter season is Jan Hamann Jorgensen and Percy. You remember Percy, the dog who thinks he’s a person. They are staying with Jan’s mother, Myra Hamann, and have been kind enough to invite me to join them for pizza and a few games of Rumicube on Friday and for lunch at the home of Susie and Milton Rose on Saturday.
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A regular meeting of the Rotary Club was held Friday at the 19th Hole restaurant. They were entertained by the Redhead Express, a group of young ladies who sing while strumming stringed instruments.  As I was having lunch with my “Friday Friends” there at the same time, I was able to take a sneak listen that I enjoyed very much.  Their rhythm and enthusiasm is contagious and it make one want to dance. Don’t miss a chance to hear this talented group.
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I was also very pleased to have two invitations to Easter  dinner because I was contemplating a lonely meal all by myself. I accepted the first from Bob and JoEllen Lauck.  Other guests were Karla Voltmer, Bob’s sons, Ryan and Aaron, daughter-in-law Natalie and grandson Connor. After a delicious meal, Connor, 15 months old,  awoke from his nap and entertained us the rest of the afternoon.  There was an egg roll for him on the front lawn but he was so generous he kept giving away the eggs instead of dropping them in his Easter basket. A very happy, energetic young man.
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Mark Johnson writes of the Easter dinner held at the home of his parents, Lea and Terry Johnson. Guests were Harold Carder, Shirley Gadt, Mark, Scott Johnson and his wife Julia and children, Parker, Davis and Madeline.  He also gave me a little genealogy of the family. Terry Branson Johnson and Kim and Kirk Branson are descendants of Ruben Spaulding Branson for whom Branson was named. I am sure they are proud of their heritage.
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Also over the Easter weekend, Mrs. Maxine Travillion had out-of-town guests. They were her nieces Martha Burnette from Lewiston, Idaho, Susan from Parker, Ariz., Charla from Mead, Wash. and Fern from Excelsior Springs. They all enjoyed being together.
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As for coming events, I am looking forward to the performance of “Three Dave Night” on April 21, at the Farris Theatre.  My late son, Dickey, was a big fan of the original group, “The Three Dog Night”. Some of you may know the interesting facts about the phrase, a three dog night.  I am very interested in such things and have an excellent “Dictionary of Phrase and Fable” given me by the late Monsignor James J. Harper.
I hope that all of you had a blessed Easter. Congratulations to the six young people in my church on their confirmation and baptism.  Our future is in good hands.

Until next week, Dale...@aol.com

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